Visitors to Glacier National Park enjoy the park's one million acres of lakes, plunging valleys, and glacier-carved mountains. Glacier's native wildlife includes wolves, grizzly bears, lynx and other natural predators. As of 2005, Glacier National Park has 27 glaciers by definition. Various hiking trails allow access to some of the glaciers. There are over 730 miles of trails for hikers to enjoy in Glacier National Park. You can choose from gentle strolls, day hikes, and overnight backcountry trips. Park visitors often see mountain goats and Rocky Mountain sheep. Black bears and grizzly bears may also be seen, preferably from a distance.
Visitors stop at West Glacier to pick up supplies, sign up for a raft trip and make preparations for their Park adventure. Past the Park entrance, Apgar Village provides camping, a boat launch, an interpretive center and some stores for sustenance and momentos. Lake McDonald Lodge is surrounded by beauty, has a restaurant and many activities. Several day hikes, including one to Avalanche Lake, start in this area. Lake McDonald Lodge is also a pickup point for a tour on a red "jammer" bus and has a boat tour on the Lake.
The end of an west to east journey on the Going to the Sun Road brings you to St. Mary. Once again, many needs and wants can be met in the St. Mary Village. From here the highway goes north to Many Glacier and south to East Glacier and Two Medicine. Hikes to Iceberg Lake and to Grinnell Glacier start from Many Glacier. Two Medicine has a campground that can accommodate motor homes and some great day (or more) hikes. Wildlife sightings are plentiful.
This intimate European-style lodge provides lodging near Whitefish, Montana with an elegant lobby, 50 luxurious hotel rooms and suites and a gourmet restaurant with an extensive wine list. Kandahar Lodge is not just another Whitefish hotel. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of being located slopeside in the winter and off the beaten track yet within an hour's drive of Glacier National Park in the summer. Open early December to early April and June through September.
From Kandahar Lodge, your Whitefish hotel, it is a short day to visit the Lake McDonald area, take a tour or day hike or horseback ride or have a leisurely lunch while enjoying a view of Lake McDonald. It takes most of a day to drive the Going to the Sun Road, with a stop at the Logan Pass Visitors' Center and lunch at St Mary before returning home to the comforts of Kandahar Lodge. Guests have told us that our luxurious accommodations, exceptional Cafe Kandahar cuisine and quiet location enhance their Glacier National Park vacation. It is worth driving a few miles past other Whitefish hotels to get to this Lodge in its peaceful alpine setting.
We hope to enchant you with being our guest. All of our rooms have large queen beds, air-conditoning, small refrigerators and microwaves. They are decorated with pine walls, tile and leather furniture. The Snug Bar opens in the evenings for cocktails before, during and after dinner. The award-winning wine list pairs well with the fine cuisine of Cafe Kandahar. Appetizers prepared by Cafe Kandahar are also available in the Snug Bar. Other amenities include a large outdoor hot tub, steam room, exercise room and massages by appointment. Wireless Internet access is free as is use of a computer with printer. Like other Whitefish hotels, rates include a continental breakfast served in the Lobby.